Santuari de Lluc
La Moreneta © Oriolpont
About 20 miles (32km) beyond Soller, after a precipitous drive through the Serra de Tramuntana in the north of the island, is the remote mountain village of Lluc, in a valley that has been an important place of pilgrimage since the 13th century. Lluc became Mallorca's most sacred site when a shepherd boy discovered a dark wooden statue of the Virgin in a cleft in the rock. The miraculous statue somehow returned to its cave three times after being placed in the local church.
Now the statue, known as La Moreneta, has been encrusted with precious stones and resides in its own chapel, receiving pilgrims and tourists who come to pay homage each day. The main attraction of the town is the 13th-century Santuari de Lluc, the monastery which houses the statue, and remains a famous pilgrimage site. The sanctuary has a world-renowned boys' choir, established in 1531, which performs regularly. Although Lluc is primarily a special destination for the religious, it also has secular appeal, with some good restaurants and a scenic setting. The old town makes for a good break from the sun, sand and sea that tends to dominate a Mallorcan holiday, and many walking trails traverse the area.